BUCKHANNON — The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department on Friday confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in Upshur County, according to a press release.
“Upshur County has its fourth case of diagnosed COVID-19, [and] we are continuing to monitor as directed,” the Friday, April 17 press release states. “No other information will be released.”
Health department nurse director Sue McKisic said she couldn’t say whether the fourth case was community spread or not.
“We’re still investigating that,” McKisic said. According to the Centers for Disease Control, community spread describes an illness “for which the source of the infection is unknown.”
Nearly 200 people in Upshur County have been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department’s current data. McKisic said St. Joseph’s Hospital has tested 144 people for COVID-19, and Community Care of West Virginia has tested 23. Dr. Ali Khan’s office reported that as of last week, 23 people had been tested, but that total does not include this week’s tests.
The health department did urge anyone who has taken a COVID-19 test to remain quarantined while awaiting test results.
“UBHD also wants to make it clear that anyone who is waiting for COVID-19 test results should remain self-quarantined to protect their family members and working partners,” the release says.
Friday’s positive test brings Upshur County’s number up to four since testing began in March.
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